We asked some past volunteers to share a favorite memory or experience involving Nyumbani. Read below to hear from Alex Plum and Ciara Baumgartner who both volunteered in Nyumbani Village.
One of my favorite memories is walking into baby class (preschool) every morning and seeing these little kids with a huge smiles on their faces. They we’re always smiling. Seeing them happy always made me happy too. They taught me some of their games and songs. It didn’t matter at all that I wasn’t able to speak their language; facial expressions, body language and smiles were totally enough! We had lots of fun playing together. Ater some time my language skills improved and we could have one word conversations. During my three months in Nyumbani I learnt a lot. And it helped me to decide on what to study. I am now nearly finished studying international economics and development.”
–Ciara Baumgartner, Germany
The summer I stayed at Nyumbani Village happened to be the World Cup in Brazil, so the games were all being broadcast in the evenings in Kenya at 7p 10p and 1a. As an avid soccer fan in the US, I made fast friends with the boys soccer team and watched many games in the high school with them. On weekends, I can remember walks with with fellow volunteers to go into Kwa Vonza for French fries and Tusker and watch the games up there – especially when the US played.During July, the boys soccer team also advanced to their secondary school soccer tournament and did very well. I really had a blast going into Kitui with them to see how they did – even going so far as to join in yelling at the refs over bad calls (a special irony there, as I myself am a referee and should know better)!–Alex Plum, USA
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